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WHAT IF THE DIRECTORS OF A SHOW FOUND FANFICTION AND AS A PRANK THEY MADE THE ACTORS ACT IT OUT LIKE A REAL SCRIPT
For the most part, I really enjoy being a ‘fangirl’. I don’t find it demeaning; even before I found Tumblr, I was always passionate about television, films, music, and the like. I’m really interested in media and how we consume it. I see no shame in being truly and deeply affected by media, like I am by my favourite television shows. Analyzing texts has always been one of my favourite things to do, academically and for fun. That’s why Tumblr can be so fun, because it kind of feeds my rabid fangirl side and my more ‘analytical’ side or whatever.
But then when I see fandom wank, like ‘shipping wars’ or whatnot, I have this weird moment of detachment, or maybe of self-reflexivity. I think for a second wait a minute— are people really getting so upset about fictional characters and texts, that they would threaten other fans, or spew hatred about actors?
Sometimes I just feel this weird tension between being so affected by narratives that I do take them really seriously, and do acknowledge that they are a reflection or interpretation of reality, and then being scared by what that means for us as consumers of these texts. I feel like it is especially dangerous for a show like Supernatural, in which the producers of the texts interact so directly with us, the consumers. The Supernatural fandom is literally a character in the show; we exist within the text. So sometimes I feel like it’s no wonder that the fans are so intense.
I would feel like a hypocrite for judging people for taking media ‘too seriously’ because honestly, I myself do. Studying literature, film, and communications means that most of my essays in school do just that— analyze texts of many forms.
I suppose I’m basically questioning my sanity these days. Or the future of my sanity!
Christopher Walken in Fat Boy Slim’s Weapon of Choice [X]
really tho the fictional character that’s been treated the worst by its writers is Scrat
WHEN THIS GUY:
IS ACTUALLY PLAYED BY THIS GUY:
When I stopped giving a shit about male approval, I became about twice as confident in myself, and my insecurity levels went down substantially.
10/10 would recommend.
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